Justice and Peace Issues
Nov. 14 World Day of the Poor
To celebrate the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis established the World Day of the Poor in 2017. It is always observed on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time which this year is November 14th. The 2021 Theme is: The poor you will always have with you (Mk 14:7)
Leading up to this day, Pope Francis has been busy participating in several special events. On Nov. 12 he met with and listened to some 500 poor people who made a pilgrimage to Assisi. The Assisi pilgrims, assisted by a French and several Italian Catholic charitable organizations, went home with new backpacks containing winter sweaters, scarves, hats and jackets as well as fabric anti COVID-19 masks. These gifts were packaged by the +Three project, which promotes products made in respect of environmental and economic sustainability within an ethical and socially useful supply chain. On November 14th, the pope will celebrate a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica with about 2,000 poor people and those who assist them. Everyone will be offered a hot meal after Mass.
The Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, which promotes and organizes the World Day of the Poor, said Pope Francis will pay particular attention this year to 40 groups homes that care for children or children and their mothers, delivering a two-month supply of personal care products and food, especially baby food. With donations from a grocery store chain and a pasta manufacturer, the group homes and local parishes and charities will share five tons of pasta, one ton of rice, two tons of tomato puree, 1,000 liters of oil and 3,000 liters of milk. The Vatican also has prepared 5,000 kits filled with common over-the-counter medications for distribution to the poor through Rome parishes. And an Italian financial services company has made a donation that will allow the office of the papal almoner to help 500 families pay their gas and utility bills.
You can read Pope Francis’ Message for the 2021 World Day of the Poor at this link: